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August 18, 2005


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* According to some estimates, by mid-2006 95% of all email will be spam. Judging by my 2Blowhards emailbox, that prediction may not be downbeat enough.

* Thanks to Bluewyvern, who turned up a blog devoted to the snazziest color photographs from Flickr. Retina-searing stuff.

* Nothing's more beautiful than Mother Nature at her best. But sometimes computer-enhanced is pretty amusing it its own right.

* Thanks to Arnold Kling, who pointed out a new blog run by some prominent Austrian-school economists.

* The Wall Street Journal's Tunku Varadarajan turns in a an urbane piece comparing English eccentricity to American exhibitionism.

* Neil is in the market for some new friends.

* The Communicatrix finally has that font-management problem licked.

* Those who can't get enough of the evolution-vs.-Intelligent-Design wars should enjoy Frederick Turner's recent TCS piece.

* Tacky old popular culture never dies, it just goes online. Here's the website for sea monkeys. Here's the website for bodybuilder Charles Atlas.

* I'm not sure whether this new form of yoga would do more to ease tension or to create it. (NSFW.)

* Here's a college-newspaper article I wish I'd run across during my college days.

* Penises! Some days it seems like they're everywhere. (Thanks to Andrew for these finds.) And Jill writes some penis-centric words that many men would love to hear spoken. Time for the audiobook version of Jill's blog?

* Here's some eyeball-popping art from a brilliant English street artist.

* And just as eyeball-popping is this blog devoted to hyper-muscular chicks.

* Here's what can happen if you charge too little for used iBooks.



posted by Michael at August 18, 2005


You should put "NSFW" by your new form of yoga thing! Sheesh!

Posted by: annette on August 18, 2005 4:11 PM

Whoops, good point, done, tks.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on August 18, 2005 4:20 PM

I actually graduated from school from that very school district and actually live there now. My mother teaches in it and used to have one of those iBooks. I read about it in the paper and lmao.

Posted by: lindenen on August 18, 2005 8:24 PM

I've heard that the Charles Atlas exercises actually work well for most people, so long as they're followed in a diligent manner. They're probably more effective than many of the costly devices being heavily marketed today, such as Bowflex or Total Gym.

Posted by: Peter on August 18, 2005 9:56 PM

An audiobook version? Tell me more. Really. Flattery will get you everywhere.

And penis-centric? (laughs heartily) Wow. I hadn't thought of that one, yet. Obsessed, deliriously enchanted, dick-smitten and cock-concious, yes. Penis-centric? I might have to add that to my list.

Posted by: Jill on August 19, 2005 8:42 AM

Lindenen -- We should ask for an on-scene report from your mom! Sounds like an awful mess.

Peter -- Really? Hmmm, as someone who's never been able to add muscle -- bad genes, plus utter lack of willpower, I suspect -- maybe I should give the Charles Atlas regimen a try. I wonder if it requires willpower, though ...

Jill -- I'm enjoying catching up with your blogging. It's great to encounter that kind of honesty about sex, and sexual experience. For whatever reasons (politics? prudery?), a lot of people have been lying about it for too long ...

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on August 19, 2005 11:02 AM

Thanks, Michael, I appreciate it. It's taken me a long time to be comfortable enough to write about sex, honestly. I've been blogging for years but finally took the leap to sex blogging, and it's been really great to finally be able to say those naughty things! (laughs) It's a lot of fun.

Lying about sex causes so much more turmoil and neurosis, anyway... What good comes of that? (Was that a pun? Oh my, I think it was.)

Posted by: Jill on August 19, 2005 5:31 PM

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